Born 1979, Cork, Ireland

Lives and works in Cork, Ireland


“Layton is an Irish artist known for her continuing engagement with the process of mezzotint engraving. Human-animal interaction lies at the centre of her artistic practice: her prints consider the mutability of human-animal relationships and the inconsistencies in our perceptions of – and engagements with – the non-human animal. Small-scale works of great tonal depth represent observations, both playful and enquiring, on the intersection of culture and nature.”



2001-2005       BA/Hons/, Fine Art, Printmaking, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

2007-2008       MA, Fine Art and Art History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

Member          Cork Printmakers, Ireland

Awards /selected/

2015                Prize for Adhering to the Traditional and Skills of Graphic Work, 3rd IMF, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Prize, 4th International Biennial of Contemporary Engraving, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

2012                Eli Lilly Purchase Prize, Cork Printmakers at 21, Cork, Ireland

2011                Nomination Prize for Originality and Breaking Classical Boundaries, 1st IMF, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2009                Winner, Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria

Solo Exhibitions

Passeport pour l’Irlande, Culture Shawinigan, Québec, Canada; 4th International Biennial of Contemporary Engraving, Bassano del Grappa, Italy; Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Cork, Ireland

Group Exhibitions/selected/

5th – 1st IMF, Ekaterinburg, Russia /2019-2011/; International Mezzotint Invitational, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA; Mezzot’India, Bihar Museum, Patna, India; Stampa Ora/Print Now, Crawford Gallery of Art, Cork; Gartner Lane, Waterford, Ireland; Villa Benzi Zecchini, Treviso, Italy; Universita degli Studi di Sassari, Sardinia, Italy /2018/; Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada /2016, 2013/; 5th, 4th Footprint International Biennial, Center for Printmaking, Connecticut, USA /2016, 2014/; Legacy, Fine Art Print Competition, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland /2016/; Tokyo International Print Triennial, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan; Printopia: How and why Artists Reproduce, London Print Studio, UK /2015/; 84th – 181st  Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland /2014-2011/; Deception and Sacrifice: The Lion, The Bear and The Fox, 42nd Southern Graphics Council, San Francisco, CA, USA; Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland; An Irish Connection: Australian & Irish Printmakers, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Victoria, Australia /2014/; Drawn to Print, Swansea Print Workshop, Wales Print Studio, Bristol, UK; The Mythical and the Mundane, Siamsa Tire, Kerry, Ireland; International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland; A Natural Selectin, Botanic Gardens & Graphic Print Studio, Dublin, Ireland /2013/; 130th Annual Exhibition Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Ireland; 16th German International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, Frechen, Germany; 14th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Łódź , Poland; Singer’s Corner, The Lavit, Cork, Ireland; Ireland: Alphabet Series, Irish Arts Center, New York, USA; Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine, Trois-Rivières, Canada /2011/.;

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